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Goosebumps: Monsters At Midnight Issue 1 Comic Book Review

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“Goosebumps: Monsters At Midnight” shows promise.

Growing up as a child in the 90’s, the “Goosebumps” books were my jam. Not only was it my favorite thing to read, but it also got me into horror. I may not read the novels anymore, but the franchise still holds a special place in my heart. When I heard IDW was putting out a new comic series titled “Goosebumps: Monsters At Midnight,” I was curious to check it out. While it is not penned by R.L. Stine (which is a little disappointing), I was still nonetheless intrigued to see the universe brought to the comic page. So how does it fare? So far, it’s hard to tell.

The story revolves around sisters Mia (who has an injured leg) and Ginny (who is asthmatic) who are staying with their grandma. In typical kid fashion, the two are bored out of their minds. Ginny really wants to sneak out of the house and check out a local bookstore called Cursed Editions so the two decide to do so. Upon arriving in the store, it becomes clear that this is no ordinary bookstore and that there is a strange room that leads to somewhere, dare I say, spooky?

Growing up as a child in the 90’s, the “Goosebumps” books were my jam. Not only was it my favorite thing to read, but it also got me into horror. I may not read the novels anymore, but the franchise still holds a special place in my heart. When I heard IDW was putting out a new comic series titled “Goosebumps: Monsters At Midnight,” I was curious to check it out. While it is not penned by R.L. Stine (which is a little disappointing), I was still nonetheless intrigued to see the universe brought to the comic page. So how does it fare? So far, it’s hard to tell.

Writer Jeremy Lambert’s clearly does a fine job at capturing the spirit of “Goosebumps” (as well as injecting some easter eggs), but it’s difficult to gauge this series from issue 1 as most of it is comprised of bickering siblings. The issue basically ends just as it gets going and, as such, another issue is needed to decide if it’s worth reader’s time. With that said, the ending does offer up real potential as familiar faces from the “Goosebumps” franchise pop up (I won’t say who).

In terms of the artwork, artist Chris Fenoglio makes the story look rather cartoony which is fine as this is the style of art I would expect from a comic aimed at a younger demographic.

Note: The comic contains the usual IDW comic ads and a cover art gallery.

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October 25, 2017 - Posted by | Book review | , , ,

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